Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Recently we started paying him a small allowance for doing chores. He has 3 cups to put his money in...1) offering 2) savings 3) spending. We are trying to teach him to give back to God first, then save, then shop for something special he has wanted. Right now he is trying to earn enough "spending" money to buy another Ben 10 Alien. His nightstand is FULL of Ben 10 characters but he says there are more to get. He organizes & reorganizes them often and these are toys he would rather "brother" not play with but occasionally he will give Alex the HONOR of playing with a Ben 10 character. We look at Walmart/Target each time we go to make sure no one has bought all of the Ben 10 toys while he is saving his money to buy one.
This Little Light of Mine (this makes me smile)
----You will have to copy the link below & paste it into the address box on your internet browser. The other video worked with embedding but I couldn't get this one to. Any suggestions? The first video I did from the upload window but when I went back to YouTube that window was gone and I couldn't find the embed object box anywhere----
Now for your enjoyment...here is Alex performing at American Idol.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
We had a wonderful church service on Easter morning. I am so thankful for a wonderful church that unapologetically preaches the truth in God's Word! Every year Dr. Junior Hill speaks at our church but this is our first time to see him. He had an amazing sermon! Many people were saved which is always such a joy to see. I can't help but think "wow...that person was unsaved when they came to church today and now they will spend eternity in Heaven"!!! Words could never express the gratitude we have for Jesus taking the pain for all of our sins so that we can spend eternity in Heaven. I love that Drew is starting to ask questions. At his age, the questions are precious!
We had Easter lunch with our friends, the Vestals and the Shinlevers. We had a delicious lunch! We had ham, hashbrown casserole, Amy's yummy corn, green bean bundles, rolls, and Amanda's chocolate cake. It rained all day long so with a full tummy and a rainy afternoon, the only thing left to do was to take a nap.
As usual...these three are up to no good. I don't think they are ever together and not laughing. After the program, there were cookies and lemonade so I think they were anxious to get their cookies maybe.
We attempted decorating real eggs this year. I have not done it since I was a kid. I actually had to call my mom to ask how to boil an egg. I do not eat eggs and the only thing I know how to do with them is add them to items I'm baking or occassionally & I do mean occassionally scramble them for the boys.
The look on his face should tell you how the egg decorating went with a 2 year old. "what I can't throw the egg in the dye? I can't dip the egg in & out of the dye over & over?" As usual, it was like a bull in a china store!
He had a Ben 10 themed birthday party. It is his favorite show to watch and favorite toys to play with. All he asked for his birthday was Ben 10 aliens which is really a small request. Rick's Bakery did an amazing job drawing the Ben 10 watch on the cake. Picking up the cake was the highlight of Drew's Friday afternoon. I'm pretty sure he showed my parents and nieces 10 times Friday night when they got here....as if it was changing in the refrigerator.
and finally realized they WERE NOT going out! Notice Alex finally started helping him blow.
Thanks Auntie, Heath, Hannah & Jenna...he LOVES his scooter!
For lunch we had Red Robin. I told our waitress it was Drew's birthday (knowing he probably would not like the embarrassment of them singing to him - whoops). Initially he wasn't happy but he warmed up at the end.
He is not a real big ice cream eater so Jenna was happy to eat it for him.
It was such a fun weekend. I was so glad my parents and nieces were able to come for the weekend. Thank you friends & family for making it so special for Drew!
On his birthday (Monday) he received a card in the mail from my Granny Welch. He always hopes there is something in the mail for him when we check the mailbox. Even better...there was a card with money for him. Usually we put it in his piggy bank but there was another Ben 10 Alien he was wanting so he was so excited to go pick it out at Wal-Mart. He thought it was really cool too that he had his own money to give the cashier. He picked out 2 toys and put the rest in his piggy bank.
My next task is to print a group picture from the party and mail thank you notes. Some of my friends are so quick at that and I am terrible. I wish I could remember things like that quicker than weeks after the event.
Last week in the middle of all the crazy rain and storms...a cold front moved through. The cold weather made me have the NEED to put on jammies, order pizza, and make cookies. The boys love to make cookies and of course lick the spatula when we are done.